This creamy garlic chicken skillet is made with tender seared chicken breast, and covered in a creamy, dairy-free garlic sauce. It’s an easy, low-carb, 30 minute weeknight dinner that everyone will love. Paleo, Whole30, and Keto too!
I am a BIG fan of Italian food, but it’s often hard to find a guilt-free dish that’s still full of flavor. That changes today with this Creamy Garlic Chicken, which is gluten free, dairy free, paleo, and Whole30.
This dish takes merely 30 minutes to prepare, but the end result is so fantastic that you can confidently serve this to your family on a Wednesday evening or special occasion.
Cooking The Chicken
For this recipe I like to buy two large chicken breast and slice them in half. This makes for thinner chicken breast so they cook faster and more evenly. You could also buy four thinly cut chicken breast.
Chicken breast do have a bad rep for being to dry or tough after being cooked, but rest assured the chicken in this recipe turns out juicy and tender.
Start by browning the chicken breast in the skillet. Saute for 4-6 minutes on each side until they are a golden brown color. Transfer the chicken to a plate, and begin making the creamy garlic sauce.
Making The Sauce
This creamy garlic sauce is super easy to make and the end result is a full-bodied flavorful compliment to the chicken.
Melt ghee over medium heat in the same skillet and saute the minced garlic for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and let it simmer in the skillet for 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce starts to thicken.
Return the chicken to the skillet and spoon the creamy sauce over the chicken. Serve the dish hot and garnish with fresh parsley. –Enter irresistible garlic heaven.
All The Garlic
The ingredient list below isn’t a typo, garlic is your friend with this dish and in life.
I promise the garlic isn’t overpowering at all, just make sure you caramelize the garlic before making the sauce. This removes the pungent taste to the garlic, and brings a hint of sweetness.
You can either use whole garlic cloves (for a milder sauce) or mince your garlic for this recipe. Go here for detailed tips on the correct way to peel garlic. To save time you can also buy minced garlic or pre-peeled garlic cloves too!
Garlic Chicken Additions
This Creamy Garlic Chicken is a great standalone dish, but you can enhance the flavor by adding some ingredients below; if you’re feeling adventurous.
Make with other proteins: if you don’t have chicken breast, feel free to make it with other proteins like chicken thighs, chicken tenders, pork chops, steaks, salmon, or shrimp. Be sure to adjust cooking times accordingly.
Don’t overcook the chicken: Chicken is notorious for posing a danger when under-cooked. However, chicken will still be tough if it’s overcooked. Measure temp during cooking to ensure the correct doneness.
Use fresh garlic: for the most flavor, use fresh garlic. However, if you are rushed on time feel free to use jarred minced garlic.
Buy full-fat coconut milk: coconut fats are great for you so don’t fall for the “lite” version. Full-fat coconut milk gives the sauce it’s thick and creamy texture, so don’t skimp out.
What To Serve With Creamy Garlic Chicken
This garlic chicken recipe pairs well with cooked white rice, roasted broccoli, green beans, asparagus, zucchini, gluten free pasta, or an Italian side salad.
This creamy garlic chicken skillet is made with tender seared chicken breast, and covered in a creamy, dairy-free garlic sauce. It’s an easy, low carb, 30 minute weeknight dinner that everyone will love. Paleo, Whole30, and Keto too!
Season the chicken breast on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat ghee over medium heat in skillet. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken and saute’ for 4-6 minutes on each side until cooked and golden brown. Transfer cooked chicken to a plate.
In the same skillet, over medium heat, melt ghee. Add the minced garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Add the chicken broth, coconut milk, lemon juice, paprika, Italian seasoning and arrowroot starch (optional) to the skillet. Whisk together. Simmer for 2-3 minutes for sauce to thicken and reduce heat to low. Return the chicken to the skillet, and spoon the sauce over the chicken. Garnish with parsley. Serve hot.